Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, m/m
Series: More Than Anything #1
Reviewed by Anne
Jorgen sees a young man outside his home who looks a little off. When Jorgen approaches him, the young man falls to the sidewalk in a seizure. Jorgen takes the sleeping man into his house after the seizure is over and looks after him. The next morning he learns that the young man, Geir, is just 16, and living alone off an on when his single parent father works at an off shore job. Though Jorgen is attracted to Geir, he feels it’s inappropriate, both because of Geir’s age and Jorgen’s inability to have a relationship.
After that night, Jorgen and Geir don’t expect to see each other again, but they do. And this leads to Geir seeking out Jorgen’s friendship. Geir turns 17, which is the age of consent in Norway, and he and Jorgen (22) start a platonic friendship. Soon Geir learns he’s not the only one with problems. Geir has a couple seizures per month, and Jorgen constantly battles anxiety attacks.
This story unfolds so deliciously slowly, I just loved it! I wanted to have issues that Geir was so young, but I just couldn’t. He was mature beyond his years, and only looking for a friend. Jorgen came across as young for his age, and they truly have a long friendship before moving on to more.
Jorgen, who initially didn’t think he would be capable of even a friendship, finds himself wanting to do more and be more than he has been for the last several years. He understands Geir’s loneliness because he feels it too, and he starts to realize his life is better with friends in it. He and Geir also have bodies that betray them with seizures and panic attacks. They have so much in common and you just root for them to get to a place where they can have a relationship!
On top of the wonderfulness that is Jorgen and Geir, the story is set in Norway, which was really interesting. There were a lot of small differences from American life, but not so many that it was confusing. I do really want to go to a theater that serves popcorn and bacon chips — that sounds awesome! Jorgen and Geir also have make some fun friends who liven up the book.
I highly recommend this book! It was a joy to read and I’ll be looking for more by this author. I’m putting it on my Best of 2014 list!